Core Module Information
Module title: Policing in Contemporary Society

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC08109
Module leader: Shane Horgan
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


Description of module content:

The overall aim of the module is to develop knowledge of different policing models arising in response to societal challenges. There will be a particular focus on community safety, crime prevention and neighbourhood and community policing. Advantages and disadvantages of key features of various models of policing will be considered. The module aims to develop your ability to identify professional and academic literature and theories related to different models of policing and begin to assess ‘what works’ in terms of contemporary policing. New challenges to policing and the policing of different forms of crime or disorder e.g. antisocial behaviour, domestic violence, hate crime and cybercrime will be examined. You will explore how societal change impacts on policing and how policing can impact on society. Local, national and international variants of policing styles will be reflected on in a comparative international context. Consideration will be given to methods of evaluating effectiveness and techniques for engaging in reflective practice and knowledge exchange.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Outline different policing models and consider advantages and disadvantages of key features
LO2: Review key literature and theories and identify best practices in contemporary policing
LO3: Analyse approaches and develop strategies to address the policing of different forms of crime
LO4: Discuss new challenges to policing, the impact of social change on policing and of policing on society
LO5: Consider how to evaluate effectiveness and engage in reflective practice and knowledge sharing

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Elizabeth Aston
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO1-5: This module will predominantly be delivered via interactive lectures and tutorials with students, led by module staff. Active learning will be a focus through the participation of students in lectures and tutorials. Lecturer content will be broken up with class discussion and student participation will be encouraged throughout the module. Students will draw on contemporary practice and research to inform debates and will learn to apply theoretical frameworks to community safety and crime prevention. Students will be encouraged to engage with literature on policing and be introduced to some of the ways that evidence can be evaluated. External input from Police Scotland will also be embedded in this module. Students will be supported in pursuing a significant level of independent study to support their learning and inform their summative assessment. Supporting materials will be available to students via Moodle.

Formative Assessment:
This module will include three opportunities for formative assessment:
This module will incorporate the following opportunities for formative feedback:

Informal formative feedback will be offered from academic staff, police, policing partners and peers in a classroom setting through discussion of core module content.

In week six students will present a 10 minute group presentation considering the advantages and disadvantages of a policing model. In week seven feedback on presentation content will be provided by peers and staff. Verbal feedback will be provided on students' ability to engage with appropriate literature and reflect on the appropriate evidence in assessing the advantages and disadvantages of various policing models.

Finally, time will be dedicated to providing feedback on individual plans for reports (summative assessment) during tutorials in weeks nine and ten.

Summative Assessment:
Individual 2,500 word report (100%):

Students will be required to prepare an individual report on the development of a strategic action plan to address their chosen policing problem. The aim is to encourage reflective practice and the adoption of evidence informed strategic approaches by engaging with the policing literature and practice. The report will involve:
Providing a brief review of background literature on policing models and identifying best practice in the area.
Outlining a strategy/ action plan and an implementation plan to address the chosen problem. Considering the aims of the initiative and the approach that would be taken in order to identify how successful it has been and how lessons learned will be captured and shared.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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